Moroni Finalizes the Book of Mormon

Moroni’s Addition to the Mormon’s Record

Mormon 8:1
Having received his father Mormon’s plates, Moroni begins to add to them, per Mormon’s command.
Mormon 8:12
Moroni asks the reader not to condemn this record because of its imperfections.
Mormon 8:13
Moroni writes about his people’s destruction, and identifies himself as a descendant of Nephi.
Mormon 8:14–15
Moroni announces that he is the one who will hide this record; he explains that he who brings this record to light in the future will be blessed, but no one will use the plates to get gain.
Mormon 8:16
The Book of Mormon will shine forth out of darkness by the power of God.
Mormon 8:17–20
Moroni acknowledges that the record has faults, but warns against those who forcefully demand to see the plates on which it is written.
Mormon 8:21–22
Moroni additionally warns against those who will try to go against the work of God.

Moroni’s Vision of the Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon

Mormon 8:23–25
Search Isaiah’s prophesies—the words from the past will resurface, making known the works of God.
Mormon 8:26
Faith ensures the occurrence of miracles.
Mormon 8:27
The Book of Mormon will come forth in the day that the blood of the saints will cry to the Lord.
Mormon 8:28
It will come when the power of God is denied, in a time of religious corruption.
Mormon 8:29–30
It will come in a time of war and calamity.
Mormon 8:31
It will come in a time of pollution and corruption, when morals and values have been lost.
Mormon 8:32–33
It will come in a time that churches offer forgiveness in exchange for money.
Mormon 8:34–35
Moroni sees the time and the people among whom the Book of Mormon will come forth—he speaks to them as if he were present.
Mormon 8:36–37
Moroni sees the pride and corruption of those among whom the Book of Mormon will come forth.
Mormon 8:38–40
Moroni condemns the hypocrisy and corruption of the wicked, particularly those who have polluted the church of God.
Mormon 8:41
Moroni gives a clear warning that wickedness will be avenged.

Moroni’s Invitation to Believe

Mormon 9:1–3
Moroni directs his comments to those who do not believe in Christ: when you are brought before the judgment bar of God and see Christ there, will you deny him? Will you bear to remain in his presence?
Mormon 9:4–6
It would be more tolerable to burn in hell than to be in the presence of God in a filthy state, so turn to the Lord, be washed in the blood of Jesus, and be found spotless at the last day.
Mormon 9:7–9
Revelation and spiritual gifts are fundamental elements of the gospel of Christ, and should not be denied.
Mormon 9:10–11
God does not change, and is equally capable of miracles now as he was in times of old.
Mormon 9:12–14
Jesus Christ redeems mankind from Adam’s fall, and prepares them for judgment day, where reciprocity will have the final word.
Mormon 9:15–18
God is still a God of miracles.
Mormon 9:18–20
The apostles were able to perform miracles because of God’s unchangeable nature.
Mormon 9:21–25
Prayers offered with faith in Christ will be granted—Jesus taught his disciples that those who follow him will witness and perform miracles.
Mormon 9:26
Who can deny the works and power and progeny of God?
Mormon 9:27
Don’t doubt, but be believing, working out your own salvation.
Mormon 9:28–29
Be wise, be clean, be faithful, be worthy, and take Jesus Christ’s name upon you, enduring to the end.

Moroni’s Purpose in Writing

Mormon 9:30–31
Moroni speaks as if he were speaking from the dead—he knows that his words will come forth, and hope they will not be condemned because of their imperfections.
Mormon 9:35–37
These things written to bring people to a knowledge of Christ, that his covenants may be fulfilled.

Translation and Abridgment of the Plates of Ether

Ether 1:1, 6:1
Moroni begins to make an abridgement of the Jaredite people, who lived in the northern areas.
Ether 1:2
Moroni’s source material comes from the twenty-four plates of Ether, which were found centuries earlier by Limhi’s explorers.
Ether 1:3
Moroni explains that the first part of the twenty-four plates gives an account of the creation and early events in earth’s history.
Ether 1:4–5
Supposing that this record is available elsewhere, Moroni forgoes abridging the segment spanning from he creation to "the tower", and begins with the introduction of Jared and his brother.

The Land of Promise

Ether 2:9
While writing about the Jaredites coming to the Promised Land, Moroni explains that the land is reserved for righteous nations and wickedness will lead to their downfall.
Ether 2:10
If the inhabitants of the promised land do not serve God, they will be swept off.
Ether 2:11
The Gentiles who inhabit the land of promise should be aware of this, that they might not fall like the previous nations did.
Ether 2:12
Nations that possess this land will be free from captivity if they serve God.

Moroni’s Words About the Record’s Coming Forth

Ether 4:1–3
After abridging the account of the brother of Jared’s encounter with Jesus on the mountain, Moroni notes that the record of that event was to be kept secret until Christ’s death; it was brought to light afterward.
Ether 4:4
Moroni makes an account of the entirety brother of Jared’s vision of the entire history of the world.
Ether 4:6–19
Moroni receives a revelation from God telling him about the time of the coming forth of the record, and other things in store.
Ether 5:1
Moroni tells the future translator not to translate the brother of Jared’s vision (or ”sealed” portion).
Ether 5:2–3
Three witnesses associated with the translator will be privileged to see the plates and know of their existence.
Ether 5:4
The work and the three witnesses will stand as a testament against the world.
Ether 5:5
Compliance with the gospel assures them reception into God’s kingdom.
Ether 5:6
Moroni speaks with God’s authority.

Moroni’s Condemnation of Secret Combinations

Ether 8:20–22
As Moroni writes about Akish forming an oath–bound secret combination to kill the king, he reflects upon secret organizations, and warns they will be the downfall of nations who harbor them.
Ether 8:23
The Gentiles must repent and turn from secret combinations or face destructioin from God’s sword of justice.
Ether 8:24
Be aware of the situation; and the vengeance which awaits the secret combinations.
Ether 8:25
The devil supports those who seeks to overthrow freedom; he tricks and lies in attempts of getting people to commit sin.
Ether 8:26
Moroni writes so that evil may cease to exist, and so that Satan may have no more power.

Moroni’s Essay on Faith

Ether 12:6
While writing about the prophet Ether’s ministry, Moroni adds his own comments about faith—he explains that faith relates to things that are hoped for, but not seen, and that witnesses are not received until after a trial of faith.
Ether 12:7
Jesus’ visit to the Promised Lands was a result of faith on behalf of the people.
Ether 12:8–9
Christ’s ministry and gift to humanity is received by faith.
Ether 12:10–12
The law of Moses was administered by faith, and now, the higher law of Christ is likewise fulfilled by faith.
Ether 12:13–16
Faith is what caused Alma and Amulek’s prison to fall, faith is what cause the change in the Lamanites that Nephi and Lehi taught, and faith is what empowered the sons of Mosiah on their missions.
Ether 12:17–18
Similarly, The three disciples of Christ were granted their wish only after they exercised faith.
Ether 12:19–21
The faith of some was so strong, that they could not be kept from within the veil; the brother of Jared was one such, and he saw the finger of the Lord.
Ether 12:22
Promises from God to the Gentiles are also to be received by faith.

Moroni’s Exchange With the Lord

Ether 12:23–25
Moroni laments to the Lord, telling him that people will mock his writings, because of his weaknesses; he is deeply concerned about the effectiveness of his message in light of the limitations of written records.
Ether 12:26–28
The Lord reassures Moroni that those who mock will mourn, and that the Lord gives weaknesses to people so that they humble themselves; the Lord will prove that faith, hope and charity leads to him: the fountain of all righteousness.
Ether 12:29–35
Moroni is comforted, and rejoices in the power of faith and his hope for a place in God’s kingdom.
Ether 12:36
Moroni prays for the Gentiles, in hopes that they might receive grace and charity.
Ether 12:37
The Lord commends Moroni for his faithfulness and assures him a place in his Father’s mansions.
Ether 12:38–40
Moroni bids farewell to the Gentiles and the house of Israel, and affirms his convictions and witness of Christ.
Ether 12:41
Moroni sends out the invitation to come and seek Jesus, who the prophets have spoken of.

Moroni’s Thoughts on the New Jerusalem

Ether 13:1–3
As Moroni writes of the Prophet Ether’s rejection, he reiterates the conditions of the promised land, and mentions that the “New Jerusalem” will be built therein.
Ether 13:4–6
Ether saw the days of Christ, the rebuilding of the Old Jerusalem, and the establishment of the New Jerusalem.
Ether 13:7
The Lord is merciful to the remnant of Joseph’s seed.
Ether 13:8–10
The house of Joseph will be the inheritors of the New Jerusalem, which will be filled with a Zionist community of followers of Christ.
Ether 13:11–13
Those from the Old Jerusalem will also be blessed, will accept Christ, and will be partakers of the covenant with Christ.

Moroni’s Additional Comments

Moroni 1:1
Moroni finishes his abridgment of the plates of Ether, and feels lucky that the Lamanites have not yet found him.
Moroni 1:2
The Lamanites are putting to death all those who will not who will not deny Christ.
Moroni 1:3
Moroni, unwilling to deny Christ, wanders around, avoiding the Lamanites.
Moroni 1:4
Moroni decides to write a few more things that might be useful for whoever finds the record.

Logistics of Church Rites, Ordinances, and Procedures

Moroni 2:1–3
Moroni writes on how Jesus gave the Nephite apostles power to confer the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Moroni 3:1–4
Moroni writes on how elders ordain priests and teachers by the laying on of hands.
Moroni 4:1–3
Moroni writes on how the elders and priests administer the sacramental bread.
Moroni 5:1–2
Moroni writes on how the elders and priests administer the sacramental wine.
Moroni 6:1–3
People are baptized if they have a broken heart, contrite spirit, and a willingness to take upon them the name of Christ.
Moroni 6:4
Baptized people’s names are recorded, and, relying on the merits of Christ, they are cleansed by the power of Holy Ghost.
Moroni 6:5–6
The Church meets together regularly to pray, fast, partake of the bread and wine, and speak about the welfare of their souls.
Moroni 6:7–8
Church members who repent are forgiven.
Moroni 6:9
Meetings are conducted by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Moroni’s Words to the Reader

Moroni 10:1
Moroni writes to the Lamanites, 420 years since Christ’s birth.
Moroni 10:3
Moroni asks the reader to remember and ponder the Lord’s mercies.
Moroni 10:4–5
Moroni exhorts the reader to inquire of God regarding the truthfulness of these things, explaining that the power of the Holy Ghost will come upon those who ask with a sincere heart and faith in Christ.
Moroni 10:6–7
Do not deny the power of God, but rather acknowledge Christ, and the goodness that flows from him.
Moroni 10:8
God’s spirit works in many different ways, bringing his gifts to humanity for their profit.
Moroni 10:9–17
Gifts of the spirit include teaching, wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophesy, angelic visitations, languages, and interpretation—they all come from Christ.
Moroni 10:18–19
Remember that every good gift comes from Christ, who is constant and eternal.
Moroni 10:20
Faith, hope and charity are all interlinked.
Moroni 10:21
Charity is absolutely essential for salvation, and thus faith and hope are likewise needed.
Moroni 10:22–23
Lack of hope leads to despair, which is contrary to the commands of Christ.

Moroni’s Concluding Invitation to Come Unto Christ

Moroni 10:24–25
Moroni speaks to the ends of the earth, warning them to avoid unbelief.
Moroni 10:26
Dying in sin has eternal repercussions.
Moroni 10:27
At the final judgment, God will ask if ample warning was not given through Moroni’s words.
Moroni 10:28–29
God will vindicate Moroni’s writings.
Moroni 10:30
Come unto Christ, embrace the good gifts, and spurn the evils ones.
Moroni 10:31
Jerusalem is called forth from the dust, and invited to receive the covenant that God has made.
Moroni 10:32
Come unto Christ, deny yourselves of ungodliness and accept Christ’s grace.
Moroni 10:33
The grace of Christ will yield you perfect, holy, and without spot.
Moroni 10:34
Moroni bids a final farewell, and anticipates the resurrection and judgment.

Finishing Touches

Title Page
Having finished his record, Moroni writes a title page for the plates of Mormon.
Title Page
Moroni writes an introduction, explaining how and why the record was written and how it was managed.
Title Page
Moroni continues his introduction, explaining that he added the account of the Jaredites, and emphasizes the fact that the record brings to light the divine covenant with Israel, and implores the reader to overlook any mistakes that the record may contain, and be found spotless at the judgment day.